The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji

Description

Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world's first novel - and is certainly one of its finest. Genji, the Shining Prince, son of an emperor, is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tyler's superb translation is detailed, poetic, and true to the Japanese original while allowing the English reader to appreciate its timeless beauty. In this deftly abridged edition, Tyler focuses on the early chapters, which vividly evoke Genji as a young man and leave him at his first moment of triumph.

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Details

Author(s)
Murasaki Shikibu
Format
Paperback | 400 pages
Dimensions
160 x 198 x 16mm | 248g
Publication date
28 Sep 2006
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
PENGUIN CLASSICS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
Abridged
Edition Statement
Abridged edition
Illustrations note
Illustrations, maps
ISBN10
0143039490
ISBN13
9780143039495
Bestsellers rank
80,740